Former rebel leader and two-term Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has left for Myanmar and other SE Asian countries to work as an interlocutor between Myanmar’s Central government and its various ethnic insurgents, the Mizo National Front, the party he heads, has said.
Zoramthanga was a prominent rebel leader during the MNF insurgency in Mizoram in the twenty years before the party joined mainstream politics and came to power thrice in the state.
The former CM is scheduled to be in Rangoon from Monday and remain there for talks with Myanmar’s central government representatives and then head to Bangkok on Sunday, where he is expected to meet with leaders of Myanmar’s various ethnic armies.
He is then expected to land in New Delhi on January 22 and meet with Home Ministry officials.
Zoramthanga had been contacted by former British PM Tony Blair’s colleagues in their current attempt to broker peace between Rangoon and the ethnic insurgents, but the MNF statement says the current trip has been facilitated by the ethnic armies and Naypyitaw.
Zoramthanga had once served as an interlocutor between New Delhi and the various insurgent groups in North-East India during the previous NDA regime, prompting some commentators to call him “Vajpayee’s right-hand man in the North East”.
Most recently he was instrumental in the accord signed by New delhi with the Achik National Volunteer Council in Meghalaya’s Garo hills.